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House Passes Sportsman-Friendly Bill

April 19, 2012 by  

House Passes Sportsman-Friendly Bill
Fishing is permitted year-round at the Great Smoky Mountains National Park.

On Tuesday, lawmakers in the House passed legislation that makes it harder for areas to restrict hunting and fishing on public lands and ensures that lead will continue to be used in bullets and fishing tackle. The bill faces an uncertain future in the Senate.

Republican sponsors of the bill say it is aimed at protecting American sportsmen, but Democrats have accused them of pandering to the gun lobby, calling the legislation unneeded because 85 percent of Federal land is already open to hunting.

The law requires Federal land managers to support hunting and fishing on Federal land, but allows them to close the areas for reasons of national security or fire safety. Upon doing so, they must submit a detailed report to Congress explaining the reasoning behind restrictions.

Anti-lead groups that have argued that lead poisons the environment are dealt a blow in the bill, as it blocks the Environmental Protection Agency from requiring alternatives to lead be used in fishing tackle and ammunition.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • Sirian

    Good bill, but it stands a chance of passing the Senate about 60-40, thereabouts. As long as they have a well tuned Reid standing just a whistling away, might as well forget it. Environmentalists just love well tuned, high pitched Reid’s. So much more inspiring, power-wise, than lead by far. Where’s PETA? Oh yes, probably over there in the corner with the well tuned whistling Reid.

    • Rocky Night

      I hope they keep America free to all Americans.

      We pay for that land with our taxes then some eco-nut job says we should not use it? What next? Are the eco-not jobs going to say that cutting my yard hurts the grass?

      • Robert Smith

        Well let’s see Rocky… The “eco-nuts” don’t want to pay to clean up lead from the environment, and you don’t want to pay for abortions.

        Let’s say we compramise and let the government pay for both?

        That way EVERYONE gets to choose.

        Ain’t America great!


  • Daveh234

    I don’t believe the use of lead should be allowed. It does leach into soils and waters and has contamination potential. Reasonable alternatives are available and everyone can be happy.
    As an avid flats fisherman I am always picking up both lead weights and high quantities of line left usually by accident because it does happen. I will not leave any “refuse” behind if at all possible. fishing areas are fragile environments and it takes so little effort to do things to preserve them.

    • Rocky Night

      Bless you daveh. I feel we should also fine fish that deficate in our water supply. How could they pollute our water supply that way?

      Please do some more research on what real pollution is my friend.

      • Raggs

        polutions is sheeple like Dave.

    • Sirian

      Hmmm, “I don’t believe the use of lead should be allowed.” When was the last time you had your tires balanced Daveh234? Good God!!! Get a grip idiot!!!

      • Dorn

        Here in the peoples republic of kalifornia, steel weights are used because of these pinko, commie knotheads.

    • Bill

      Doesn’t lead occur naturally in the earth? If it does do we need to mine it from the ground and then deposit it somewhere else, possibly the ocean. The amount of lead that is in batteries far outweighs the lead found in lead bullets. I often see batteries from vehicles deposited in the woods, or lead acid flashlight batteries that are disposed in such a way that they can leach into the soil. So I don’t think we should get worried about a lead bullet being deposited into the soil with knowing the full implication of such. The steel shot used in shot gun shells, instead of lead, have already been used for years. I haven’t heard of any studies from all of the lead that went into the soil during the civil war but from the number of people killed it must have been substantial. Ninety two bullets fired into a 19 year old in LA last week certainly was not considered an environmental risk. And it wasn’t even a forest, it was a place where humans were living every day.

      • Earl

        Flashlight batteries are NOT made with lead. The are made with carbon rods, zinc jackets and sal ammoniac as an electrolyte. NIMH and NiCad batteries have nickel and Cadmium in them. Lead acid batteries are not used in “flashlights”…..The vast amounts of car batteries are recycled……They’re worth money. (core charge)

      • http://Aol CommonSense4America

        That just proves it. People die from lead poisoning.

    • Steve E

      Man has been fishing and hunting for thousands of years. They have polluted the land with arrowheads and spearheads that are thousands of years old and you can still find them littering the landscape. This is awful, isn’t it?

  • teaparty13

    It probably won’t even come up in the Senate, Harry Reid is most likely going to shelve it until next year..hope then we have a new Majority leader..

  • Ky

    What about all the lead from WWII-I don’t recall reading about the lead levels in Europe and around the World and all the damage from LEAD. What a bunch of crock. Just stay in your dirty little city and let country folk take care of land..Keep your cement city CLEAN and then Maybe?? we can talk.

    • FreedomFighter

      Yes its all a lie, its the commies attacking your rights to a firearm, they dont like it when you shoot back

      Laus Deo
      Semper Fi

    • Steve E

      What about the gunpowder that pollutes the air? I guess the Libs will think of that next.

      • Robert Smith

        Nope, I expect it will be the right wing that demands gunpowder be changed.

        The fact is that most gunpowders have nitrates in them. When inhaled there is a slight dialation of the blood vestles and a slight euphoria involved. IOW, it makes folks feel very good. It’s very hard to come home from the range in a bad mood.

        And, as we know the right wing isn’t going to allow anything that feels good.


      • Earl

        I’m a long time shooter, show me your scientific proof!! As for Robert smith, he is refering to Amyl nitrate, which is used by homosexuals and heart patients as a vasodilator. Not the same as gunpowder, Which is nitrocellulose (nitroglycerin absorbed by cellulose base) -as in smokeless powder. I’ve got at least 15 Lbs of it-Not dangerous unless you light it…….handling lead bullets is more dangerous unless U use gloves.

    • Earl

      Since were talking about Heavy metals polluting the earth, WHAT about the hundreds of tons of DEPLETED URANIUM Our military expended in Iraq, Pakistan,Afghanistan, etc.? They don’t seem to be too concerned with THAT!!!? The stuff is radioactive and causes slow poisoning when inhaled and causes birth defects in affected populations.
      DU is uses in armor-piercing shells and other artillery rounds……Eh??

      • http://Aol CommonSense4America

        Moral of the story,,,,,DON’T MESS WITH THE U.S.A.!

  • ranger hall

    Same old garbage,Politicians with small ideas and Big wages and perks, Should start by getting the Factories away from the water supply, some of our rivers back east, AND North are still smelling for 200 years or more.
    Have no problem with getting away from Lead tho, but as the Indians say leave it up to the Whites and others and they will destroy the Land.

  • Dens

    The EPA and their totally unnecessary attempt to ban lead in bullets and fishing sinkers is nothing more than another stealth attempt at more strict gun control. Obama told the Brady bunch he plans to get more gun control in “under the radar”.

    How better to control guns then to stop the sale of lead, the primary ingredient in practically all ammunition. Obama’s plan is to dry up the supply of ammunition. He said “let them keep their guns” when asked about his stand on gun control but he did not mention ammunition for those guns. Of course throwing in the banning of lead in fishing tackle is just some additional cover to make the whole thing sound more like it’s the “evil” lead they are getting rid of….not just ammunition.

    Obama and his environmental minions want to ban all hunting, fishing, and boating. They consider these activities harmful to the environment and the people who enjoy these things as difficult to control and quite likely “domestic terrorists”. They feel that only they, the elite political ruling class, and their families and friends, should have access to nature and only their security force should have guns to make sure they remain in power.

    This is to be expected from a so-called President who has never worked, hunted or fished for anything except a free ride at someone else’s expense.

    • June Gagnon

      What the “tree huggers” (and most democRATS) don’t understand is “God created the planet Earth, to sustain Man – -He then created “animal, fish and plant life” to provide man with food, NOT vice-versa!

      • Robert Smith

        For the production and distribution of illegal plants
        GOD (no photo available)
        Claims to have created everything, including all illegal plants. There is evidence in writing, “I have given you every herb bearing seed which is upon the face of earth.”

        As a person of interest and co-conspiritor Jesus Christ…


  • June Gagnon

    As long as prince harry is in charge, the only thing we can expect from the Senate is “obstruction”.


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